Deborah is unique in the Bible because she is one of the few female leaders the Bible tells us about. In the fourth chapter of Judges we learn about her and her time as a judge of Israel. She is described as a prophetess and the Bible tells us she held court under a palm tree in the mountains of Ephraim. Can you picture Deborah? Sitting under a palm tree, with people gathered around her to help them with their problems.
We also learn in this chapter that the Israelites had stopped following God again and so the Lord allowed Jabin, the King of Canaan, to conquer them. Jabin’s army was led by Sisera and had 900 iron chariots. Jabin had been ruling over Israel for 20 years during the time of Deborah. Deborah called up an Israelite named Barak to lead the Israelites to defeat Sisera and the army. She later went into battle with them and they defeated Sisera.
Some people believe that women are not supposed to be leaders. Deborah clearly shows us that is not true. God did not call nearly as many women as He did men to be leaders of His people, but He did call some. That tells me that God does gift some women with leadership abilities. We need to encourage each other, boys and girls, to pursue whatever God calls us to do. God always picks the right person at the right time. Just because you are a girl (or a boy) does not mean God can’t call you to a certain type of job or position. Trust God’s leading, not what everyone else says!!
List several jobs that are traditionally male and several traditionally female. Discuss that while not many people of the opposite gender may want to or be capable of doing a job, it doesn’t mean that there are not exceptions. Remind your kids to treat all people with respect, even those filling non-traditional roles!